Aldo Leopold Forest Trail; Duranes Trail; Rio del Norte Bosque Trail, Albuquerque

These three trails meet to make one trail that connects between Montano and Central along the river. The Aldo Leopold Trail used to be one asphalt loop, but it has now been extended into a crusher fine trail, very smooth and even. The trails are an offshoot of the main bike trail that we have documented earlier here: https://albuquerquephotoblog.com/2016/05/30/10-paseo-del-bosque-trail/

It is shady for much of the way. It goes through the Rio Grande Nature Center, and you may see many birds. Even though we didn’t see many when we took these photos in June, we certainly heard them. The three trails all together are about six miles each way.

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The road gently curves throughout, and that gives a sense of freedom and discovery.

The photos below show the old asphalt trail turning into the extended new trail.

 

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One option is to go down to the river.
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A bench
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Navy seal dog!
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Photographer’s luck!
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Making summer memories
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The half-way point where two trails meet
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Close-up of the art in the above photo
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The Duranes Trail has slightly thicker growth
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Wonderful for bikers, strollers, joggers, photographers!
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The Rio del Norte Bosque Trail is between I-40 and Central
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A bridge runs across a sandy beach area by the river
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There is a large expanse of sandy beach
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View in the river
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Back on the trail
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The return trip

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